B.C., Canada partner to renew social housing


October 14, 2009

VANCOUVER – The Governments of Canada and British Columbia announced today 101 renovation and retrofit projects totalling approximately $177 million, which is cost-shared under the Housing Renovation Partnership, a jointly funded program to renovate and retrofit social housing over the next two years creating an estimated 1,130 jobs.

Federal funding for this initiative was made available through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the federal government’s plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs during the global recession and was matched by British Columbia through the Province’s capital infrastructure program.

Overall, the Economic Action Plan includes more than $2 billion for new and existing social housing, plus up to $2 billion in loans to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure.

Across Canada, the federal and provincial governments are contributing equally to the investment of $850 million for the renovation and retrofit of existing social housing to help house seniors, single parent families, recent immigrants and Aboriginal households, under the amended Affordable Housing Program Agreements.

The majority of the Housing Renovation Partnership funding, approximately $164 million, will be directed toward repairs at 81 social housing developments. The remainder of the funding, approximately $13 million, is being allocated to renovations that are underway at provincially-owned Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels.

The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, on behalf of The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and Premier Gordon Campbell made the announcement today at Steeves Manor, a 196-unit housing development in Vancouver, the first of the 81 social housing developments to have renovations funded under this initiative.

“These renovation and retrofit projects will improve the quality of life for residents by keeping their homes safe and affordable,” said Minister Day. “It is also a good way to get the local economy moving because it puts construction workers and trades people to work quickly.

“Working in partnership with the Government of Canada, we are revitalizing social housing sites in need of repair and renovation in communities throughout the province, extending the life of these homes for British Columbians for years to come,” said Premier Campbell. “The Housing Renovation Partnership will also build on the investments we’ve made to-date to stimulate the B.C. economy, creating over 27,000 jobs in communities across the province.”

In B.C., this Housing Renovation Partnership is part of an overall $14-billion capital infrastructure program supported by the Province that will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build vital public infrastructure in every region of the province.

Canada’s Economic Action Plan builds on the Government of Canada’s commitment in 2008 of more than $1.9 billion over the next five years to improve and build new affordable housing and help the homeless.

Through Housing Matters BC, the Province is addressing a range of housing needs, from homelessness to affordable rental housing and homeownership. In 2009, the provincial housing budget is approximately $450 million, more than three times as much as in 2001. To find out more about affordable housing in B.C., visit www.bchousing.org.

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca.

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BACKGROUNDER
HOUSING RENOVATION PARTNERSHIP FOR SOCIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS

The following 81 social housing developments will receive funding from the Government of Canada and the province of British Columbia to undergo renovations and retrofits:

City

Development

Renovation type

100 Mile House

Pioneer Haven

Energy Retrofit

Abbotsford

Cedarhurst

Repipe, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Electrical, Energy Retrofit

Abbotsford

Fernview

Ventilation, Electrical, Energy Retrofit

Aldergrove

Alderhaven

Energy Retrofit, Ventilation, Energy Retrofit

Burnaby

Concordia Court

Roofing, Lighting, Energy Retrofit

Burnaby

Doug Drummond Manor

Building Envelope Renewal, Energy Retrofit

Burnaby

Hall Tower 1

Energy Retrofit, Fire Protection, Mechanical, Electrical, Energy Retrofit

Burnaby

Laurelynn Place

Energy Retrofit, Fire Protection, Mechanical, Electrical, Energy Retrofit

Burnaby

Lions Mulberry Place

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Burnaby

Lions Thurston Place/Altesse House

Mechanical, Building Envelope, Energy Retrofit

Burnaby

Stratford Gardens

Building Envelope Renewal, Energy Retrofit

Burns Lake

McKenna Place

Energy Retrofit, Building Envelope Renewal

Castlegar

Maranatha Court

Energy Retrofit

Fort St. John

Fort St. John Houses

Energy Retrofit, Mechanical, Building Envelope

Kamloops

Hilltop Apartments

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Keremeos

Mountain View Manor

Energy Retrofit

Lake Country

Cedar Court

Energy Retrofit

Langley

Eastleigh Crescent

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Lillooet

Red Rock Manor

Energy Retrofit

Maple Ridge

Maple Towers

Generator set, Elevator, Boilers, Energy Retrofit

Mission

Windebank Village

Energy Retrofit and Building Envelope

New Westminster

Ross Towers

Energy Retrofit, Site Services, Elevator Upgrade, Generator Set, Balconies, Concrete Repair, Energy Retrofit

North Vancouver

Capilano House

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

North Vancouver

Grant McNeil

Energy Retrofit

North Vancouver

Lions Manor/Mt Seymour Lions

Elevator, Lighting, Energy Retrofit

Penticton

Penticton Retirement Centre

Building Envelope, Energy Retrofit, Life Safety

Port Alberni

Garden Apartments

Building Envelope, Energy Retrofit

Port Alberni

Port Alberni Townhouses

Energy Retrofit

Port Alberni

Red Oaks/Harbour View

Energy Retrofit

Port Coquitlam

Tamarak Terrace Apartments

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Prince George

Alward Place

Windows, Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Prince George

Strathwood Apartments

Building Envelope, Energy, Energy Retrofit

Prince George

Vanier

Energy Retrofit

Prince Rupert

Mariposa Gardens

Energy Retrofit, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Prince Rupert

Pineridge Terrace

Energy Retrofit

Quesnel

Fraser Village Homes

Building Envelope, Energy Retrofit

Revelstoke

Monashee Court

Energy Retrofit, Elevators

Richmond

Rosewood Towers

Windows, Energy Retrofit Life Safety and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Richmond

Rosewood Village

Energy Retrofit

Salt Spring Island

Croftonbrook

Energy Retrofit, Building Envelope

Saanich

Battin Fielding

Energy and Energy Retrofit

Saanich

Hampton House

Energy Retrofit, Roof, Generator Set, Building Envelope

Surrey

Keikenow - 121st Street

Energy Retrofit, Building Envelope

Surrey

Len Shepherd Manor

Energy Retrofit, Fire Protection, Mechanical, Electrical, Energy Retrofit

Surrey

Jessica Place

Mechanical, Window Replacement, Energy Retrofit

Surrey

Ted Kuhn Extension

Energy Retrofit, Building Envelope, Repipe, Sprinklers, Energy Retrofit

Surrey

Ted Kuhn Tower 1

Energy Retrofit, Building Envelope, Energy Retrofit

Terrace

The Willows

Building Envelope, Repipe, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

B'nai Brith Place

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Boundary Road

Energy Retrofit, Mechanical, Building Envelope

Vancouver

Brant Villa

Windows, Energy Retrofit and Repipe

Vancouver

Burlington Housing Co-Op

Balconies, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Carolina Court

Fire Alarm, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Vancouver

Cedar Place

Roof, Perimeter Drainage, Windows, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Champlain Place

Building Envelope Renewal, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Chelsea Lane

Roof, Insulation, Lighting, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Chimo Terrace

Mechanical, Roof, Fire Alarm, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Chinatown Lions Manor I

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Chinatown Lions Manor II

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Chinese Freemasons Manor

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Clarke Manor

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Culloden Court

Mechanical, Lighting, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Garden Villa

Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Killarney Gardens

Windows, Energy Retrofit, Roof, Fire Alarm

Vancouver

Mount Pleasant Lions Manor

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Lionsview Building I

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Lionsview Building 2

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

MacLean Park

Building Envelope, Energy, Site Services, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

MacLean Park Ext

Building Envelope, Energy, Site Services, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Nicholson Tower

Fire Alarms, Elevators, Repipe, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Vancouver

Orchard Park

Building Envelope, Repipe, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Rupert Lane

Windows & Doors, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Shon Yee Place

Mechanical, Lighting, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Skeena Terrace

Building Envelope Renewal/Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Stamps Place

Building Envelope, Energy Retrofit, Repipe, Fire Exits, Electrical Service Upgrades, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Steeves Manor

Building Envelope Renewal, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Sunset Towers

Energy Retrofit, Fire Protection, Mechanical, Electrical, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Yin Ho Gardens

Mechanical , Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Evergreen Terrace

Building Envelope Renewal, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Sitkum Lodge

Mechanical, Energy Retrofit

Vancouver

Sunnyside Manor

Building Envelope Renewal, Fire Alarms

Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Hotels

Vancouver

Arco Hotel

Vancouver

Carl Rooms

New Westminster

College Place

Vancouver

Dominion Hotel

Vancouver

Gastown Hotel

Vancouver

Marble Arch Hotel

Vancouver

Marr Hotel

Vancouver

Orange Hall

Vancouver

Orwell Hotel

Vancouver

Park Hotel

Vancouver

Pender Hotel

Vancouver

Rainier Hotel

Vancouver

Rice Block, The

Vancouver

Roosevelt

Vancouver

Savoy Hotel

Vancouver

St. Helen's Hotel

Vancouver

Tamura

Vancouver

Walton Hotel

Vancouver

Washington Hotel

Vancouver

Shaldon

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Media Contacts:
Susan Thom
BC Housing
604 230-1301

Bridgitte Anderson
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
604 307-7177

Michelle Bakos
Office of Minister Finley
819 994-2482

Charles Sauriol
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
613 748-2799

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